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Advancing Your
Skype for Business Strategy


Microsoft's Skype for Business remains one of the most important topics in enterprise communications, but the challenges in this space are changing rapidly. Microsoft has made a strong commitment to a cloud deployment model for Skype for Business via the Office 365 E5 enterprise licensing plan and Cloud PBX offering. But how quickly—and how fully—can (or should) your enterprise move from premises-based Skype for Business to the cloud? When will cloud-based Skype for Business achieve feature parity with the premises version and with legacy communications platforms? Do you need a hybrid strategy for the near term?

Enterprises must also continue to grapple with a range of other critical issues for existing Skype for Business deployments—from systems management to room video strategies, to the ongoing question of how to integrate Skype for Business with the legacy and/or best of breed communications systems that your enterprise retains.

The Enterprise Connect Summit Series 2016 provides enterprise end users with a deep dive into the details of Skype for Business, while also giving you the big picture in terms of recent announcements and roadmap. The day's in-depth program features presentations by Skype for Business subject matter experts addressing the range of technology and business challenges that you face in your migration. You'll also have the opportunity to meet with leading companies in the Skype for Business ecosystem to learn more about how to build your Skype for Business strategy. Attendees will come away from this intensive, fast-paced day with a wealth of information and insights about how to plan the next 12 months in your Skype for Business plan.

Program Schedule

8:30 – 9:30 AM: Registration opens; Breakfast and networking

9:30 – 10:30 AM: Make the Right Choices: Skype for Business Cloud and Hybrid Cloud
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Speaker: Kevin Kieller, Partner, enableUC

10:30 – 11:00 AM: Two 15-minute Tech Talks
Technical Planning for Hybrid Skype for Business Deployments

11:00 – 11:30 AM: Refreshment Break/Networking

11:30 AM – 12:00 PM: Two 15-minute Tech Talks
Using APIs and SDKs to Customize to your Skype for Business Workflow

12:00 – 1:00 PM: Lunch Keynote: Using UCaaS to Enable the Digital Workplace
New York Speaker: Aamer Kaleem, Director Skype for Business, Microsoft Corp
Chicago Speaker: Darryl Rowe, Communications, Collaboration and Cloud Technologist, Microsoft

1:00 – 1:30 PM: Refreshment Break/Networking

1:30 – 2:30 PM: Succeeding with Skype for Business Rollout:
5 Important Do's and 5 Critical Don'ts

A checklist for success

2:30 – 3:30 PM: Networking Reception/Pavilion Demos